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Scottish League 
11/01/1947
 
Aberdeen 2 - 0 St. Mirren ABANDONED
    Match abandoned due to heavy rain
Kick Off:    Hamilton, Williams        
Attendance: 7,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Rain kills match
Despite the elements both sides played some attractive football. George Hamilton carved his way through the middle leaving Saints defenders failing in his wake to give the Aberdeen the lead in 17 minutes. Stan Williams added a second 3 minutes later to complete the first half scoring.

Up to 6 minutes into the second half the pitch that churned up so much that referee J. Calder of Edinburgh was left with little option but to abandon the match. There were few dissenting voices.

Source: Match Programme, 4th February 1984

The players would have been better equipped with oilskins and sou-westers. Rain poured down until a slight and wind blew in from the sea and gale force. It looked as if the teams weren't to resume after the breather but they finally got going - for 6 minutes only. Then the referee said "Enough." Never have players accepted marching orders so willingly.
On a pitch like a ploughed field, Deakin should have scored for Saints in the first minute after Watson had dropped Stenhouse's shot. How Deakin managed to loft the ball over was a mystery. George Hamilton soon had dawns, with the gale behind them, into battle formation. His opening goal in the glaur was a masterpiece. He went through like an arrow to where the ball past Newlands. Williams goal, within 2 minutes was also slick. The winger cut in neatly to take his spot.

Criticism of play under the conditions would be pointless. Saints showed grand spirit, we're tough in defence, and had a deadly left wing. With "gale advantage," there's no saying what might have happened.

Source: Sunday Post, 12th January 1947

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Watson; Cooper, Cowie; McLaughlin, Dunlop, Waddell; Kiddie, Hamilton, Harris, Williams, McCall

St. Mirren ABANDONED Teamsheet:  Newlands; Telfer, Drinkwater; Stenhouse, Lindsay, Cunningham; Smith, Telford, Wilson, Deakin, McLaren

Bookings:

Referee: Mr. J. Calder, Edinburgh

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